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$63,400 – $67,000 yearly

UC San Diego

Last Updated: 10/13/21

Job Description

UC San Diego


Filing Deadline: Tue 11/2/2021

Salary Range: $63,400 - $67,000 /year

The Assistant Director of Development will work to represent fundraising priorities for UC San Diego’s General Campus. Representing UC San Diego first, Assistant Directors of Development are assigned to academic areas. This position's focus is Birch Aquarium and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Under the leadership of the Executive Director of Development for Scripps, the Assistant Director of Development is responsible for pipeline building gift strategies from identification through stewardship. The Assistant Director will manage an individual portfolio of prospects capable of giving gifts up to $25,000, as well as partnering with Scripps development leaders and programmatic colleagues to manage day-to-day operations for Scripps and Birch philanthropic support groups. The Assistant Director is responsible for having a comprehensive understanding of university priorities, regularly meeting with prospects and donors (with a focus on face-to-face visits), regularly meeting with development colleagues and academic leaders, preparing briefing materials and gift proposals and attending events and other development focused engagement opportunities.

Plans, schedules, and implements moderate-sized, comprehensive development projects and programs. May coordinate and oversee the work of support staff and/or other professionals. Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and Advancement is committed to a continuous process of learning and updating practices to support systemic evolution toward equity, diversity, and inclusion for our team and constituents. We foster the UC San Diego Principles of Community by encouraging and developing a collaborative and positive environment among colleagues. UC San Diego provides resources and services so employees can develop a deeper connection to our diverse campus community. Explore more at UC San Diego Staff Associations network and Campus Community Centers.


• Knowledge of the dynamics of fundraising and the concepts of development.

• Thorough working knowledge of fundraising, donor relations, and public relations concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques. Proven exposure to the full spectrum of development including gift policies, cultivation, donor recognition, support group management and administration.

• Strong written and interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain good working relationships throughout the organization and with outside constituencies. Ability to communicate effectively one-on-one or in group settings, taking into account differences in social, cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds. Prepare reports, summaries, correspondence, briefings, personalized letters, and other materials.

• Proven organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills, including skills in creative and effective decision-making and problem identification / avoidance / resolution, and project management skills. Proven advanced analytical skills to evaluate information, procedures or situations, to define a problem or objective, identify relevant concerns, recognize alternatives, and formulate logical and objective conclusions.

• Strong skills in maintaining confidentiality. Strong sense of ethical conduct, and demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters, including those relating to sensitive donor relations issues.

• Ability to develop strategies and plans to identify and cultivate prospects and steward donors.

• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Understanding of the importance of ensuring an equitable, inclusive, and diverse working environment, with the ability to work as a part of a diverse and collaborative team.

• Proven experience interacting successfully with donors, prospective donors, faculty and staff and community members.

• Proven experience developing new programs to broaden donor base and enhance institutional outreach.

• Experience in gathering, researching, and analyzing information, and recommending or implementing appropriate solutions.

• Proven success in organizing and implementing special events.

• Demonstrated success in recruiting and working with volunteers.

• Understanding of the philosophy of quality service and group process, with proven aptitude for working as part of a highly collaborative team.

• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum two to three (2 - 3) years of progressive development experience in a complex organization.

• Ability in the technique of donor prospect research with the ability to extract the pertinent/critical information from various documents.


• Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

• Must have access to reliable transportation.

• Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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La Jolla, California, United States